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Issue 479, 18 March 2002

Winston on genetics

Fertility pioneer and Labour peer Professor Lord Robert Winston visited Leeds last week to talk about genetic science at the student biochemistry society's annual lecture.

Addressing a packed conference auditorium, he stressed that genetic modification surrounds us, products including tea and cut flowers have been subject to years of controlled farming. He went on to endorse the use of genetic diagnosis to select embryos, giving examples from his own patients to highlight its benefits.

Drawing on history and looking to the future of genetic science, Professor Lord Winston suggested that scentists continue to be 'influenced by their preconceptions' and warned the audience of determining ethics based on possibly flawed observations.

For more details, see the press release.

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